Palazzo Altemps

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Erected during the fifteenth century by the Riario family and refurbished a century later under the orders of Cardinal Marco Sittico Altemps, the Palazzo Altemps opened in 1997 as part of the National Museum of Rome.

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An aristocratic residence where already in the sixteenth century there was a rich collection of ancient sculpture in a magnificent architectural setting, Palazzo Altemps is the seat of the National Roman Museum dedicated to the history of collecting . Located a few steps from Piazza Navona, near the left bank of the Tiber, in Campo Marzio, the first nucleus of the building was built in the 15th century by the will of Girolamo Riario, lord of Imola, ambitious nephew of Pope Sixtus IV. Passed to another property, in 1568 the building was purchased by Cardinal Marco Sittico Altemps, of Austrian origin, nephew of Pope Pius IV. The cardinal established his residence there which, enlarged and embellished with pictorial decorations, was made worthy of rank by arranging - according to the taste of the time - the magnificent collection of antiquities and the precious book collection.

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